Increase in Permanent Residence Fees Effective April 30

Posted by in CIC News, on May 6, 2020


PR processing fees have been increased On April 30, 2020, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) increased the permanent residence processing fees. The fee for an adult applicant will now cost $825 CAD, and for minors it is $225 CAD. The Right for Permanent Residence Fee (RPRF) is now $500 CAD. From now on, IRCC will adjust the fees every two years according to the inflation rate. IRCC also noted that the Express Entry system was not updated with the new fees. Therefore, until June 2, 2020, applicants must pay the fees in two payments. The initial payment must include the difference in the fee amount and should be paid in the ePayment portal while the second payment must be provided through the Express Entry account. Applicants will have to upload the receipt for the first payment under “Optional Documents: Client Information” in their list of documents. Please see below from the Immigration Department:

Ottawa, April 30, 2020—In order to manage increasing program and service delivery costs, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada is increasing permanent residence fees for most economic immigration programs, except caregivers, as of April 30, 2020.

Permanent residence fees have not increased since 2002. As such, they do not reflect the rise in inflation over the last 18 years and the increasing cost of permanent residence operations and processing.

The increase on April 30 will affect applicants to most economic permanent residence immigration programs, except caregivers. The fees will then be automatically adjusted for inflation every 2 years for all permanent residence applications, including the economic, family and humanitarian programs, beginning in 2022.

The Government of Canada supports a cost-effective approach to financing government programs, where most of the costs are borne by those who receive the services and benefit directly from them.

The changes ensure that Canada remains competitive and in line with fees charged by other immigrant-receiving countries. In most cases, Canada’s fees are considerably less expensive than countries with similar migration systems, such as Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States.

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